Runway excursion Accident Tupolev Tu-104A OK-MDE, Wednesday 29 August 1973
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Date:Wednesday 29 August 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic t104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tupolev Tu-104A
Owner/operator:CSA Ceskoslovenské Aerolinie
Registration: OK-MDE
MSN: 86601202
Year of manufacture:1958
Engine model:Mikulin AM-3M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 70
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Nicosia Airport (NIC) -   Cyprus
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Damascus International Airport (DAM/OSDI)
Destination airport:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC)
CSA Flight 531 landed at Nicosia's runway 14 and veered to the right, 150 m short of the runway end. The Tupolev struck 2 taxi lights and skidded down a 4 feet embankment. A fire started in the no. 1 engine, but was quickly contained by the fire services.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the pilot to stop the aircraft within the nominally adequate runway distance available and the subsequent entry of the aircraft into a right turn at high speed, as a result of which the aircraft was subjected to lateral centrifugal forces and side skidded off the runway."


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photo (c) A.J.Geelhoed; Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC); 05 December 2007

photo (c) A.J.Geelhoed; Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC); 05 December 2007

photo (c) A.J.Geelhoed; Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC); 05 December 2007

photo (c) Antonis Angelopoulos; Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC); 17 January 2011

photo (c) anon.; Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC); 12 March 2016

photo (c) Mel Lawrence; Paris-Orly Airport (ORY); May 1962

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